18 days in Hong Kong, South Korea & Japan Itinerary

18 days in Hong Kong, South Korea & Japan Itinerary

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Hong Kong, China
— 2 nights
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Jeju, South Korea
— 2 nights
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Seoul, South Korea
— 2 nights
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Nagasaki, Japan
— 2 nights
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Miyakojima, Japan
— 2 nights
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Ishigaki, Japan
— 1 night
Fly to Fukuoka, Train to Hiroshima
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Hiroshima, Japan
— 2 nights
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Kyoto, Japan
— 2 nights
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Takayama, Japan
— 1 night
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Hong Kong, China

— 2 nights

Pearl of the Orient

Witness the vibrant skyline of Hong Kong, an impressive urban territory on the southern coast of China.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Tue): pause for some photo ops at Tian Tan Buddha (Big Buddha), stroll through Po Lin Monastery, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Guandi Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get engrossed in the history at Hong Kong Maritime Museum, take a stroll through Soho, then trek along Dragon's Back, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery (Man Fat Sze).

To find maps, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Hong Kong online tour itinerary builder.

San Francisco, USA to Hong Kong is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from San Francisco to Hong Kong is 16 hours. Traveling from San Francisco in June, expect nights in Hong Kong to be much warmer, around 82°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 91°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to travel to Jeju.

Things to do in Hong Kong

Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods · Outdoors

Jeju, South Korea

— 2 nights

Island of the Gods

The main town on the largest of Korea's islands, Jeju has a volcanic landscape protected by UNESCO.
On the 17th (Thu), take in the spiritual surroundings of Gwaneumsa Temple and then get curious at Nexon Computer Museum. Keep things going the next day: admire the landmark architecture of Jejumok Gwana, then get outside with Gimnyeong Seonsegi Beach, then explore the fascinating underground world of Manjanggul Cave, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Woljeongri Beach.

For other places to visit, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read Jeju travel route planning app.

Traveling by flight from Hong Kong to Jeju takes 6 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Hong Kong to Jeju is 1 hour. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can travel to Seoul.

Things to do in Jeju

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Seoul, South Korea

— 2 nights
One of east Asia's major cultural and financial centers, Seoul boasts five World Heritage Sites and a huge selection of museums, temples, shrines, palaces, parks, gardens, and glass-and-steel skyscrapers.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sat): wander the streets of Bukchon Hanok Village, then contemplate the long history of Gyeongbokgung Palace, then see the interesting displays at National Palace Museum of Korea, and finally get engrossed in the history at Seoul Museum of History. Here are some ideas for day two: get to know the fascinating history of Cheonggyecheon Stream, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jogyesa Temple, contemplate the long history of Gwanghwamun Gate, then see the interesting displays at Trickeye Museum Seoul, and finally take an in-depth tour of Seodaemun Prison History Hall.

To see other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Seoul online sightseeing planner.

You can fly from Jeju to Seoul in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry, taxi, and train; or do a combination of ferry and train. In June, plan for daily highs up to 82°F, and evening lows to 67°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to travel to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Seoul

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks

Nagasaki, Japan

— 2 nights

City of Peace

The hilly port city of Nagasaki has become known internationally as one of the two Japanese cities to be destroyed by an atomic bomb towards the close of World War II.
On the 21st (Mon), examine the collection at Nagasaki Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, then take an in-depth tour of Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catholic Nakamachi Church. Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kofukuji Temple, admire the masterpieces at Nagasaki Prefectural Art Museum, see the interesting displays at Nagasaki Shipyard Museum, then relax and rejuvenate at Inasayama Onsen Fuku no yu, then steep yourself in history at Nyokodo, Nagai Takashi Museum, and finally steep yourself in history at Nagasaki Peace Park.

To find other places to visit, maps, photos, and more tourist information, use the Nagasaki road trip website.

You can fly from Seoul to Nagasaki in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry. In June, plan for daily highs up to 79°F, and evening lows to 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Museums · Historic Sites · Spas · Parks

Miyakojima, Japan

— 2 nights
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): examine the collection at Yukishio Museum, see the vivid underwater world at Yabiji, then enjoy the sand and surf at Nakanoshima Beach, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Miyako Shrine, and finally steep yourself in history at Nakasone Toyumya Tomb. On the 24th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Miyakojima City Museum, paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, kick back and relax at Tomori Imugya Beach, get outside with Marine Leisure Sports of Shigira Beach House, then enjoy the sand and surf at Nagamahama Beach Coast, and finally steep yourself in history at Kurima Tomibansho.

To find maps, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Miyakojima trip planner.

Fly from Nagasaki to Miyakojima in 7 hours. In June, Miyakojima is a bit warmer than Nagasaki - with highs of 87°F and lows of 79°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Museums

Ishigaki, Japan

— 1 night
Ishigaki, the most populous island in the chain, features the country's southernmost city and acts as a transport hub for exploring the landmasses that surround.
On the 25th (Fri), kick back and relax at Yonehara Beach, then get outside with Cape Hirakubozaki, and then take in panoramic vistas at Tamatorizaki Observatory.

For photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Ishigaki online driving holiday planner.

You can fly from Miyakojima to Ishigaki in 2.5 hours. In June, daytime highs in Ishigaki are 89°F, while nighttime lows are 81°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Beaches

Hiroshima, Japan

— 2 nights

City of Peace

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
On the 27th (Sun), get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, then explore the world behind art at Hiroshima Museum of Art, and finally steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Mazda Museum, then examine the collection at JMSDF Kure Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Mitaki Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Hiroshimagokoku Shrine.

To see photos, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Hiroshima road trip planning website.

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Ishigaki to Hiroshima takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Traveling from Ishigaki in June, expect Hiroshima to be slightly colder, temps between 79°F and 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Museums · Historic Sites · Spas

Side Trips

Kyoto, Japan

— 2 nights
The national capital for over a thousand years, Kyoto retains much of the charm of old Japan, boasting numerous temples and shrines that seem completely untouched by the modern world.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sanjusangendo Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Higashi Hongan-ji Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kennin-ji Temple, and finally wander the streets of Shinbashi Dori. Keep things going the next day: indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gio-ji Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Otagi Nenbutsu-ji Temple, and finally explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle.

To find photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Kyoto sightseeing planner.

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Kyoto takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. June in Kyoto sees daily highs of 81°F and lows of 67°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) so you can go by car to Takayama.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Tours

Takayama, Japan

— 1 night
Hidden high up in the Japanese Alps, Takayama remained largely cut off from the rest of Japan for centuries, allowing the local culture to grow in relative isolation.
On the 1st (Thu), examine the collection at Hikaru Museum, see the interesting displays at Lion Dance Ceremony Exhibition Hall (Shishi-Kaikan), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sakurayama Hachimangu Shrine, then see the interesting displays at Takayama Showa Museum, then admire the striking features of Takayama Jinya, and finally take a stroll through Sanmachi Suji.

To find where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Takayama day trip planner.

You can drive from Kyoto to Takayama in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In June in Takayama, expect temperatures between 78°F during the day and 66°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Takayama

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

South Korea travel guide

4.2
Shopping · History Museums · Parks
Land of the Morning Calm
Though it boasts a history spanning thousands of years, South Korea ranks among the world's most urbanized and modernized countries, with nearly half of its population living in high-rises concentrated in the national capital. In this land of pristine mountain scenery, many South Korea vacations involve some form of winter sports--not surprising for the country that won the bid to host the 2018 Winter Olympics. Curious travelers wishing to get to know South Korea's heart and soul spend only a small part of their holiday in big cities like Busan and Seoul, devoting much of their attention to the tranquil countryside that seems largely untouched by the 21st century.

Japan travel guide

4.3
Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Historic Sites
Land of the Rising Sun
Part of a volcanic archipelago that encompasses over 6,800 islands, Japan remains one of Asia's most fascinating tourist destinations, where a blend of modernity and tradition creates a look and feel completely different from any other place in the world. A tour of Japan lets you discover big cities filled with ancient temples and innovative skyscrapers, as well as quiet country landscapes dotted with castles, perfectly manicured gardens, cherry orchards, and primeval forests seemingly untouched by the hand of mass tourism. Many tourists on vacation in Japan devote lots of time to the country's unique cuisine, prepared with painstaking attention to detail and a genius for simple yet effective presentation.